The Prince of Tides: A Novel (Paperback)

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Pat Conroy is one of the most talented author’s of our time and I
believe The Prince of Tides is his best work. He is a
quintessential southern writer and a perfect choice for an exploration of
Southern literature. Prince of Tides is the story of a
dysfunctional family with an abusive father and a sensitive, beaten down,
manipulative mother told through the eyes of one of the children. Tom is
compelled to reminisce about his family when his twin, Savannah, attempts
suicide.  Her therapist needs to know
where all the family secrets are buried in order to help Savannah. Tom slowly
delves into the quagmire of their childhood, revealing the poison at the
center.  Dripping with southern pathos,
gorgeous prose, and wry humor, this is a work of genius.   

— Deon Stonehouse


“A big, sprawling saga of a novel” (San Francisco Chronicle), this epic family drama is a masterwork by the revered author of The Great Santini.
Pat Conroy’s classic novel stings with honesty and resounds with drama. Spanning forty years, it’s the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister, Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born. Filled with the vanishing beauty of the South Carolina Low Country as well as the dusty glitter of New York City, The Prince of Tides showcases an American original at his very best.
Praise for The Prince of Tides
“This is a powerful book. . . . [Pat] Conroy is a master of language.”The Atlanta Journal
“A big, sprawling saga of a novel . . . the kind you can hole up with and spend some days with and put down feeling that you’ve emerged from a terrible, wonderful spell.”San Francisco Chronicle
“A literary gem . . . The Prince of Tides is in the best tradition of novel writing. It is an engrossing story of unforgettable characters.”The Pittsburgh Press
“A masterpiece.”Detroit Free Press
“Brilliant.”Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Pat Conroy (1945–2016) was the author of The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life, My Losing Season, South of Broad, My Reading Life, and The Death of Santini.

Praise For…

“Reading PAT CONROY is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel.”
Houston Chronicle

“A big, sprawling saga of a novel . . . the kind you hole up with and spend some days with and put down feeling you have emerged from a terrible, wonderful spell.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A masterpiece.”
Detroit Free Press

“This is a powerful book. . . . CONROY is a master of language.”
The Atlanta Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553381542
ISBN-10: 0553381547
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Publication Date: March 26th, 2002
Pages: 704
Language: English